Over 40 states have received federal waivers pertaining to the No Child Left Behind Act. The states still have to have standardized testing as far as I know to be eligible for federal subsidies, but they can modify certain aspects of the testing program. Indiana is one of the states which has received a waiver. It is the only state in the country that is required to have a federal monitor to make sure that the provisions that have been approved in the waiver are being implemented properly. There has been friction between the Democratic State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz and members of the State Board of Education. Republicans in the legislature say that if the relationship doesn't improve, they may move to strip Ritz of the ability to chair the State Board. Ritz must implement polices she disagrees with that were enacted under one-term Republican superindent Tony Bennett, who was investigated and may face further questions as to his order to change the state's grade of a private charter school in Indianapolis whose founder and financial backer was a heavy campaign contributor to Republican candidates from Indiana, especially Bennett himself. Ritz has indicated that she would prefer to scrap the whole school grading system that was started under Bennett. Some principals have objected to the low grades that their schools received when there were mitigating circumstances, such as adding middle school level students to a high school. Ritz also disagrees with the frequency and emphasis that is placed on standardized tests. I am not sure how much of that is required by state law, and how much comes from the No Child Left Behind agreement that Indiana has with the federal government. The school board members are Republican appointees. One of them has questioned whether Ritz will have the application to continue the No Child Left Behind waiver completed in time, but Ritz said that meeting the deadline will not be a problem. From what I have read, students will have to take two standardized tests next year, one of which is to meet federal requirements. The objective is to create a new test for future years. Part of the situation is that Indiana passed a law withdrawing from the Common Core standards program, and that decision affects standardized test content.
In a recent survey, Indiana was ranked as the 8th dumbest state. There are many uneducated, blue collar people who live in Indiana. The lack of education seems to lead to aggressive behavior, such as in traffic, selfishness, and poor verbal communication skills.